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Popular Medicine Making Your Congestion WORSE?!

Dear Reader,

It’s that time of year. Everywhere you go you’ll see someone coughing, sniffling, or sneezing.

Maybe you’ve already been sick. Or maybe you’re fighting the sniffles right now.

You might be tempted to pop by the pharmacy to find something to stop the annoying dripping and painful congestion.

But there’s something you need to know before you jump in the car…

Because a POPULAR sinus drug that’s supposed to treat your symptoms could actually be making your congestion WORSE.

Find out what it is.

You might think certain cold remedies are safe to use but here’s the truth:

Research out of the University of Texas McGovern Medical School found that using nasal decongestant sprays can make your condition WORSE.

You see, nasal decongestant sprays can cause rhinitis medicamentosa or rebound congestion.

Basically, the medication pulls blood from your nasal tissues. So for the time being it seems like you can breathe again because there’s less pressure. But ultimately, the relief wears off.

Then oxygen and blood flood back into the problem area and you feel even MORE congested than you did before.

This causes you to take more medicine… and results in an endless cycle of overmedicating and increased symptoms.

What’s worse? Lead researcher at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School said, “there is a decrease in the receptors that the medication targets, making it such that you need more medication to breathe normally.”

Nasal decongestant sprays can also irritate and inflame the nasal lining if used too much, resulting in swelling, and increased congestion.

Some stimulate norepinephrine, which acts on your nerves. Decongestants can stimulate it so much so that when you stop taking it, your system reacts, which leads to the swelling of your nasal lining.

And don’t go thinking this is only limited to the sprays. Nasal decongestant pills can have the same effects and land you with rebound congestion.

So if you find yourself grabbing pills or a spray bottle every time you’re blocked up, it might be time to rethink your strategy.

To find relief safely and naturally, try using a diffuser. Or fill a bowl with very hot water and inhale the steam.

Steam is a quick way to find relief as the heat and moisture from the steam help break up and dissolve mucus, add a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oils for relief.

A humidifier may also help since dry air can make congestion even more uncomfortable as it hardens mucus. Keeping the air moist should provide some relief.